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Monday, December 4, 2017

Top Things to Do with Two Days in Hanoi

Old Quarter Things to Do in Hanoi Vietnam

Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital city, located in northern Vietnam.  Hanoi is frenetic and has a reputation for its crazy traffic, mostly made up of motorbikes.  It’s also known for its French architecture and mouthwatering variety of Vietnamese street food.  On our Magnificent Mekong tour with Viking River Cruises, we had 48 hours in Vietnam.  Even with that short amount of time, we were able to fit in a lot of the best things to do in Hanoi, including viewing Ho Chi Minh, visiting Hoa Lo Prison and a few temples, and eating a lot of delicious food, all while successfully dodging motorbikes, or riding on the back of one. 

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Monday, November 13, 2017

10 Fun Things to Do in Puerto Peñasco Mexico

Puerto Peñasco Sign Things to Do in Puerto Peñasco

Puerto Peñasco was a Mexican seaside destination of which we were completely unaware, which is a shame since it’s a relatively short 5.5-hour drive from our home in San Diego.  Puerto Peñasco has many names, including Rocky Point and Arizona’s beach, because of its close proximity to the Arizona border.  Puerto Peñasco turned out to be the perfect Mexico beach resort vacation spot for us.  While there are the typical clubs for drinking and dancing and off-color souvenirs being sold on the streets, there are also a lot of fun things to do in Puerto Peñasco for families and couples looking to have a fun or relaxing time.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Traditional Vietnamese Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Vietnam

Bánh Mì Bread Traditional Vietnamese Food

There are so many things to be excited about when traveling to Vietnam, but one of the things we were really looking forward to was trying Vietnamese cuisine.  We were traveling with Viking River Cruises on their Magnificent Mekong river cruise trip, so we weren’t sure how many opportunities we would have to eat traditional Vietnamese food.  We actually had a number of occasions to try Vietnamese dishes, but one of the best decisions we made was to spend some time taking two street food tours in Hanoi with Duc Ivan, owner of Hanoi Street Food Tours. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Maine’s Hiking Challenge: Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Peregrine Ridge Trail View Maine Hiking Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit

Nowadays we thrive on taking challenges and getting rewarded for our accomplishments.  Isn’t that why we get hooked on smartphone games that reward us with coins and gems and stars?  There are a number of hiking challenges popping up around the world for climbing certain peaks within a set amount of time.  Maine’s Moosehead Lake has something similar with its Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit.  Maine’s hiking challenge is to peak six mountains in the region and get a certificate and bragging rights.  Wisely, you aren’t required to peak all six within a certain time period, giving travelers to Maine a reason to come back.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Two Days, Three Cities: Bern, Murten, and Avenches

Bern Switzerland Points of Interest

During our two-week tour of Switzerland, we set aside two days to visit Switzerland’s capital city, Bern.  With two days in Bern, we were able to visit many of Bern’s points of interest, and we were also able to venture outside of the city for a day-trip to Murten and Avenches.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Fairy-Tale Living with Two Days in Lucerne

View from Hotel des Balances Room Balcony Two Days in Lucerne Luzern Switzerland
The fairy tale view from our hotel room balcony.
Lucerne is a town straight out of a fairy tale.  If we hadn’t known better, we could have believed we were in Fantasy Land at Disneyland rather than in Switzerland.  There are crooked wooden bridges with centuries old paintings crossing a river dotted with white swans.  A church with a white-faced clock and gold hands reminded us of It’s a Small World.  An old apothecary shop which surely had eye of newt and toe of frog, along with its bay window turret could have been Snow White’s Castle.  While Lucerne (or Luzern) could easily be visited on a day-trip from Zurich, it is so much better to spend two days in Lucerne and live in the middle of this fairy-tale land, if just for a short time.  Plus, two days in Lucerne allows for a day-trip to one of two nearby mountains for a dose of Swiss nature.

Monday, August 14, 2017

5 Great Hikes in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory

Mt. Hood National Forest Trillium Lake Trail 5 Great Hikes in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory

Oregon is one of America’s most beautiful states when it comes to nature.  When we spent a long weekend in Oregon City, our main goal was to spend as much time outdoors as possible.  There is a multitude of hiking trails of varying difficulty available to visitors to Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory.  The five Oregon hikes that we chose provided a nice sampling of what Oregon has to offer hikers.